Douglas Tarlow, a 27-year-old who dated the daughter of billionaire investor Vinod Khosla, has been charged with extortion. Khosla is the founder of Sun Microsystems and venture capital firm Khosla Ventures, and he is worth an estimated $1.5 billion. Tarlow and his daughter, Nina, dated from 2008 – 2010 while they were students at Stanford University. During that time, Nina sent him naked photos and videos via text or instant message, which Tarlow allegedly threatened to make public if the Khoslas didn’t pay him off.
According to the March 3 court filing, Tarlow was employed by Nina’s mother Neera’s nonprofit and was promised a salary of $125,000. He was fired in early 2012. In mid-2012, Tarlow allegedly complained that he was owed more money by the company and started making threats. That’s when the extortion seems to have started.
According to the Smoking Gun, Tarlow allegedly threatened to distribute the naked images online, warning in one e-mail that, “Everything is going to reddit. From there, it will be impossible to remove from the internet forever.”
In a text message to Nina Khosla’s mother Neeru, who was sent the nude photos, Tarlow stated, “it seems you’re going to be the mother of the next Paris Hilton,” investigators alleged. In September 2012, Nina and Neeru Khosla each received a series of texts from Tarlow’s phone number. The messages included several naked photos of Nina Khosla taken during the period she dated Tarlow.
The Khoslas contacted the FBI, which allegedly found a number of alleged links between the messages and Tarlow. The investigator wrote in a federal court affidavit, “Notably, Tarlow was the subscriber of the Internet account used to send all four [anonymous] messages threatening to release the photographs” and “there is probable cause to believe that Tarlow was the sole communicator of all messages to [the victim] and her family.”
Tarlow was arrested last week, the Smoking Gun says. Business Insider reached out to Tarlow but did not immediately hear back.